Reports of Significant Progress in Fight Against Malaria, 17 October
Significant gains in the fight against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa are being made according to a new report, Malaria and Children, prepared by UNICEF on behalf of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. The report contains a comprehensive assessment of the progress that has been made in malaria control.
View UNICEF/RBM Press Release [in English] [en français]
Executive summary of The Report [in English] [en français]
Download: the full report [6M]
Study published in The Lancet reports that malaria vaccine candidate has promising safety, tolerability profile in infants, 17 October, Seattle
The first study to test GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) investigational RTS,S/AS02 malaria vaccine in African infants serves as the first proof of concept in this population that the vaccine has a promising safety and tolerability profile and reduces malaria parasite infection and clinical illness due to malaria, according to a paper published today online in The Lancet.
View full press release on PATH website
RBM Board Membership update
Following elections for the NGO and Research & Academia constituencies, the RBM Partnership Board welcomes several new Board members:
Non-Governmental Organizations (2)
Society for Family Health Nigeria: Dr Uzo Gilpin, Senior Technical Adviser for Maternal & Child Health
Alternate: Zambia Malaria Foundation: Mr Malama Muleba, Executive Director
Johns Hopkins University: Dr Matthew Lynch, Program Director, Global Program on Malaria
Aternate: Malaria Consortium - Dr Sunil Mehra, Executive Director
Research and Academia (1)
Columbia University: Prof Awash Teklehaimanot, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health
Alternate: Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV): Dr Chris Hentschel, President and CEO
For a full listing of the current composition of the RBM Board visit the RBM Partnership web site
Malaria Leadership Summit: A Shared Vision and Commitment
At the Leadership Summit held in Seattle on the margins of the Gates Malaria Forum, leaders in the fight against malaria issued a joint statement reaffirming the need to scale up national malaria responses, with malaria control as the short-term goal and the full eradication of the disease as the long-term vision.
View Leadership Summit Joint Statement
Integrated child health campaign launched in Benin, 10 October, Ouidah
An integrated campaign to distribute mosquito nets, de-worming medication, and vitamin A was launched in Benin to reduce child mortality and morbidity. This initiative has rallied a large number of partners alongside the government of Benin, including WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, USAID, the European Union, French and Swiss development assistance, Soroptimist International, research institutions, civil society, non-governmental organizations, the public and private sectors, and the media.
View UNICEF Multimedia Feature Benin conducts anti-malaria bednet campaign to save children's lives [in English]
WHO/Benin Press Release Distribution gratuite de moustiquaires imprégnées, d'albendazole et de vitamine A aux enfants de moins de cinq ans au Benin [en français]
Gates Foundation Malaria Forum, 16-18 October, Seattle
Prof Coll-Seck, Executive Director, and senior staff of the RBM Partnership Secretariat participated in this unique malaria forum in Seattle, where Bill and Melinda Gates called for a global commitment to eliminate malaria and urged the global community to think about a long-term view towards malaria eradication. Mr Gates told the over 250 participants, "...[W]ith enough time we can eradicate malaria. Today I want to make the case that we have a real chance to build the partnerships, to generate the political will and to develop the scientific breakthroughs that, given time, will end this disease."
More info from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation web site
View: Malaria Forum webcast and transcript from the Kaiser Family Foundation
Read: Gates Crashing Live Blog
Madagascar launches campaign to fight measles and malaria, 22 October
The government of Madagascar, in collaboration with international partners, launched a national health campaign to vaccinate more than 2.8 million children against measles and distribute more than 1.5 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria—diseases which take the lives of more than 1 million African children each year. "By focusing the world's attention on malaria and working in a collaborative spirit, the international community is turning the corner in preventing malaria and improving the lives of children," said Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. "We are grateful to the government of Madagascar and all of our partners for showing what we can achieve together, and for bringing help and hope to the children of this country."
View Press Release
RBM Subregional Network (SRN) annual meetings
Third annual meeting of the Central Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (CARN), 12 October, Sao Tomé & Principe
West Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (WARN) Partners Meeting, 19-20 October, Burkina Faso
Fourth Meeting of the RBM Working Group on Scaleable Vector Control (WIN), 24-26 October, Basel
For information on objectives, agenda and meeting report visit:
WINS Working Group website.
NEW PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES:
World Bank Group Report on Malaria in Africa, 11 October, Washington
A new World Bank report says in just two years nearly 20 million long lasting insecticidal nets and more than 15 million doses of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) are on course to be distributed under the World Bank Booster Program for Malaria Control in Africa.
View The World Bank Press Release
Booster Program Summary
Download World Bank Booster Program for Malaria Control in Africa Report
MACEPA Learning Community website launched
The MACEPA Learning Community website was launched on 17 October. The site provides an overview of the Learning Community's objectives and of the scale-up for impact approach to national malaria control. It provides a venue for countries involved or interested in the scale-up approach to learn from one another's lessons, document methods, and share successes broadly.
View MACEPA Learning Community web site
12 - 14 November : 9th Meeting of The RBM Malaria In Pregnancy Working Group (MIP); Lusaka, Zambia
20 - 22 November : EARN Annual Meeting; Arusha, Tanzania
23 November : SADC Malaria Week Commemorations; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
27 November : Harmonization Working Group Meeting; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
28 - 29 November: 13th RBM Board Meeting; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
30 Nov - 1 December : Needs assessment Evaluation; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
4 - 6 December : SARN annual Meeting; Maputo, Mozambique
10 - 14 December : Operational Planning steering committee; Maputo, Mozambique